Definitions for "Fabliau"
Keywords:  tale, chaucer, miller, verse, plural
One of the metrical tales of the Trouvères, or early poets of the north of France.
a brief comic tale in verse, usually scurrilous and often scatological or obscene
(Plural fabliaux). Originally a French form, the fabliau ("little fable") is a genre of medieval storytelling with indecent or obscene content, stock characters (old jealous husbands, lusty young wives, lecherous students or friars), and considerable detail. Chaucer's Miller's Tale is often considered to be the most accomplished fabliau ever written in any language.